With a shootout win on Friday night, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish Hockey team was back on the ice Saturday to finish their series against the Penn State Nittany Lions. Notre Dame jumped out to an early lead before allowing Penn State to tie it late, but the Irish managed to find their way back on top and finished with their second win of the weekend.
Notre Dame got on the board first with a short handed goal. An errant pass from Penn State in the offensive zone made it all the way down the ice. Cam Morrison beat everybody down the ice where he picked up the puck and beat Peyton Jones for the lead. Notre Dame doubled the lead later in the period when Cal Burke carried the puck from just outside the defensive zone down the ice, beating Penn State defenders and sliding the puck past Jones five-hole.
Penn State drew one back in the second period, making it a 2-1 game. They pressed for a second goal on the power play late in the period but Cale Morris made several big saves to keep the lead.
In the third period Penn State ultimately tied the game at 2. With five minutes left in the game Spencer Stastney sent a breakout pass that found Graham Slaggert behind the defense. Slaggert went into the offensive zone on a breakaway and scored for the 3-2 lead. With 1 minute left Tory Dello sealed the win with an empty net goal from the Irish defensive zone.
Notre Dame: Cam Morrison (7) SH at 6:39 in the 1st, unassisted
Notre Dame: Cal Burke (7) at 13:26 in the 1st, assisted by Jake Pivonka and Tory Dello
Penn State: Alex Limoges (9) at 9:23 in the 2nd, assisted by Evan Barratt and Liam Folkes
Penn State: Nikita Pavlychev (6) at 6:10 in the 3rd, assisted by Paul DeNaples and Brandon Biro
Notre Dame: Graham Slaggert (5) at 15:00 in the 3rd, assisted by Spencer Stastney and Nate Clurman
Notre Dame: Tory Dello (2) at 19:00 in the 3rd, unassisted
Penn State: Alex Stevens, 2 for holding the stick at 1:20 in the 1st
Notre Dame: Nick Leivermann, 2 for hooking at 5:45 in the 1st
Penn State: Nikita Pavlychev, 2 for hooking at 16:36 in the 1st
Notre Dame: Jesse Lansdell, 2 for interference at 11:03 in the 2nd
Notre Dame: Charlie Raith, 2 for hooking at 2:17 in the 3rd
Notre Dame: Cale Morris saved 23 of 25 shots in the win
Penn State: Peyton Jones allowed 3 goals on 3D shots for the loss
Notre Dame returns home to South Bend for a weekend series February 14 and 15 against the Minnesota Golden Gophers.